What is Mediation?                                           

Mediation is a dispute resolution process for separating or divorcing couples. Mediation is available for financial and/or children issues.

The Ministry of Justice have released a video explaining the mediation process and how this can help separating couples to sort out future arrangements.



The Mediator

Bernadette Hoy is a Law Society Accredited Mediator and offers mediation on both financial and children matters. Bernadette is also qualified to offer Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMS). and qualified with the Family Mediation Association to offer Child Inclusive Mediation. In addition to practicing as a Mediator Bernadette has many years of experience of Family Law assisting her clients to reach negotiated agreements and is an experienced dispute resolution specialist.

The benefits of Mediation :- 

  • Keeps channels of communication open
  • Provides a neutral environment which reduces tension and hostility
  • Helps you make informed decisions that are right for your circumstances
  • Avoids costly legal battles
  • Helps your children by showing them you can still work together to resolve issues

What does the process involve ?

Bernadette accepts referrals direct and from solicitors on behalf of their clients.

The first step is to arrange a MIAM appointment. If you and your partner are willing to mediate and Bernadette has assessed that mediation is suitable a date is arranged for the first joint meeting.

Within the Mediation meetings, you will have the opportunity to have your say and to put your points of view forward. Bernadette’s role as Mediator is to make sure that you will be heard.

Bernadette is an impartial facilitator of those discussions, will manage the process, will gather in the necessary information, will  give you assistance in making informed decisions, will make sure your options are workable and will draw together summaries of the decisions you make.

Most people require between 3 and 6 sessions of about 2 hours each. You will be able to consult with your own solicitor inbetween the mediation meetings.

On conclusion of Mediation Bernadette will produce comprehensive documents for you; a Memorandum of Understanding which sets out the proposals reached by you in mediation and a Financial Statement (if mediating on financial matters) setting out a summary of financial disclosure.

The costs of mediation

The hourly rate for Family Mediation is £250.00 per hour, plus VAT, which is £125.00 per hour, plus VAT, for each person.  We are not able to offer Legal Aid (Publicly Funded Mediation) but we do have a discounted rate for people whose incomes are below £30,000.00 per annum and capital is less than £10,000 where we charge that person £110.00 per hour, plus VAT. Charges are made for the Mediation Sessions themselves, and for drafting documents. These include the following:-

  • For the initial Mediation Preparation meeting a charge of £125.00 plus vat is made for each person.
  • Face to face mediation sessions (usually 1 – 2 hours)
  • Review of financial documents between meetings (usually 1 hour)
  • Summaries prepared following each session (usually 1 hour)
  • The Open Financial Statement (usually 2 – 3 hours)
  • The Memorandum of Understanding (usually 2 – 3 hours)
  • There is no charge for routine letters and phone calls.

Contact Bernadette Hoy on 0208 427 5656 or by email on to discuss how Mediation can help you.